My little 10-year-old daughter, Sarah was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a brace all the time. She came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in 'field day' - that's where they have lots of races and other competitive events.
Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down - but before I could say anything, she said, "Daddy, I won two of the races!"
I couldn't believe it! And then Sarah said, "I had an advantage." I knew it. I thought she must have been given a head start... some kind of physical advantage.
But again, before I could say anything, she said, "Daddy, I didn't get a head start... my advantage was I had to try harder!"
~ Author Unknown
The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.
~ Swami Sivananda